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Top civil servant received a pension package worth over €700,000.

HARRY McGEE, Political Correspondent

THE COUNTRY’S former top civil servant Dermot McCarthy received a combined retirement and pension package worth over €700,000 after stepping down this summer.

Mr McCarthy, secretary general to the Government, retired in July after 11 years in the position. He was also secretary general to the Department of An Taoiseach. As the taoiseach’s chief adviser, he was entitled to attend all Cabinet meetings.

During his tenure of more than a decade, Mr McCarthy was most associated with the social partnership process. He was secretary general to three taoisigh: Bertie Ahern; Brian Cowen and, in recent months, Enda Kenny. He was the taoiseach’s main adviser during the Northern peace process. He was also in position when the banking sector collapsed; when the economy was thrown into recession and when the previous government was forced to rely on intervention from the EU and IMF.

In addition to his annual pension of €142,670, Mr McCarthy was also paid a once-off lump sum of €428,011. He was also entitled to another special severance payment of €142,670. The overall package was worth €713,000. Details of Mr McCarthy’s package were released to RTÉ under the Freedom of Information Act.

On retirement, all public servants are entitled to a lump sum, worth 1.5 times the final salary. The sum is untaxed for all but the highest earners and has become increasingly contentious in recent years. While Mr McCarthy’s annual salary had fallen from €285,000 to €208,000 as a result of a series of pay cuts affecting high-earning public servants and ministers, his final salary for pension purposes remained the original figure of €285,000, leaving him with the lump sum of €428,000.

He will pay no tax on the first €200,000 of the €428,000 but following changes in this year’s Finance Act will pay tax of 20 per cent (or €45,600) on the remaining €228,000. The net worth of the lump sum is €382,400.

A Government spokeswoman said it was committed to ending the “exceptionally generous pension regime” for those at the top of the public and private sectors.

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What can one say this is just sickening? A servant of the people someone who was supposed to be working for the citizens of Ireland, a civil servant ending up with this kind of pay off , a pension 15 times more than the average citizens pension  this
is shear madness and outright immoral .When we cant go one day without hearing
about ordinary people struggling to meet their mortgage payments ,hospitals
been closed down because of lack of public funds .For God sake we cannot allow
this kind of outright blatant abuse of public moneys be plundered  and given to the chosen few who are not accountable  to anybody ,who seem to be entitled to such vast sums of our money.

The government of the day are not going to stop this plunder of the public purse because they are themselves in line to collect their own entitlements when they are eventually kicked out of “Public Office”.We the people are the gobshites as we are just sitting back and whinging about this state of affairs and we consistently vote the same conmen and woman into public office. Take a look at the coke park agreement; the government decide to protect the civil servants from the new reality,(this country cannot afford to
keep 300,000 people in the pay from the public purse at the rate of pay they
are getting ) The private sector has had to cut their cloth but the politicians chose to ignore this reality and instead choose to take from the already poor, unemployed and cut hospital services instead ,but this action will not save the country it has only extended the pain as we continue to create more and more debt trying to ignore this elephant in the room .

Obviously I am not talking about civil servants who are on the
average national wage. I’m talking about the likes of this Mr McCarthy who will
never have to worry about health services or mortgage payments thanks to the downtrodden citizens of Ireland who will keep him in the laps of luxury for the rest of his
life .He is not alone I suspect we the people are keeping about 120,000 x-politicians,
top civil servants, in this state .These same people are from time to time
rolled out and they tell the rest of us that we need to tighten our belts .When
will we wake up in this country and rid ourselves of these leaches ????

legal services expenditure at the Taoiseach’s office from 2006-2010

The boys over at www.thestory.ie  have put together a list of expenditure on
legal services  at the Department of the
Taoiseach from the years 2006 to 2010 take a look.

By thestory.ie

As part of an ongoing process. This document details the expenditure by the Department of the Taoiseach on legal services for the five years from 2006 to 2010. It mostly refers to expenditure in relation to the Moriarty Tribunal, but there are other interesting nuggets in there. Unfortunately, while the data is held on an Oracle database, and it was requested in a digital spreadsheet format, it was not released in this manner. Instead the data was printed to tables, and I had to scan the pages. Conversion to spreadsheets takes time.

view report at source here :http://thestory.ie/2011/08/03/expenditure-on-legal-services-department-of-the-taoiseach-2006-to-2010/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+thestory%2FQSEJ+%28The+Story%29

A new temporary “household charge” of €100 per year.Yeh! Yeh!

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By The Irish Times

Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan has announced a new temporary “household charge” of €100 per year.

The new tax, viewed as a forerunner to a property tax and a water charge, will be levied on the estimated 1.8 million householders in the State, potentially raising €160 million in revenue in 2012.

Commercial properties and social housing as well as charity-run and sheltered homes are among properties exempt from the tariff.

Younger people struggling to make home loan repayments, who qualify under the mortgage interest supplement scheme, can also qualify for a waiver.

The charge, which was agreed by Cabinet this morning, will be introduced in January next year, with householders given three months to pay up. Late payment penalties have been set at €10 a month.

At a briefing in Government Buildings, Mr Hogan said the new levy was an interim measure ahead of a fully property tax, based on a property valuation system, and was separate from planned water charges. The water tax is to be introduced in 2014.

The Cabinet met to agree a busy agenda before the Dáil summer recess. Among the issues discussed was the timing of the presidential election in October and which referendums will be held on the day.

Following the Fine Gael selection convention earlier this month Taoiseach Enda Kenny named October 21st as the date of the election. However, the date may pose difficulties for completing the legislation that will back the presidential election and the two referendums expected to be voted upon on the day.

There is also uncertainty as to whether the Dublin byelection can be held on the same day.

Proposals from Minister for Enterprise and Jobs Richard Bruton to reform wage-setting mechanisms were also discussed. These may involve reductions in pay and conditions for workers in catering, hospitality, cleaning and security sectors.

A decision on two of the most senior positions in the Civil Service was also due to be taken at today’s meeting. But the Government may delay the naming of the new secretary general to the Department of the Taoiseach and to the Government and that of the Department of Justice and Defence until later in the week.


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